Quotes for
the Journey:

The Past

With the past, I have nothing
to do; nor with the future.
I live now.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Look not sorrowfully into the past; it comes not back again.  Wisely improve the present; it is thine.  Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear, and with a sturdy heart.     -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, nor just for tomorrow, but in the here and now.  Keep moving and forget the post-mortems.      -Carl Sandburg

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.     -Leslie Poles Hartley
We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.     -Charles Swindoll
In examining our own lives, we might be able to spot the heavy weight of yesterday's deeds that we persist in carrying around with us.  We might be carrying bitterness and resentment because we may have felt betrayed by a friend.  We might be carrying anger and a feeling of injustice because we lost out on something we really wanted while someone else got it.  We might be carrying hurt feelings because someone we liked criticized us.  But continuing to carry harsh and negative feelings from the past can be like picking up a pebble in your shoe while you are out walking.  You can stop and remove the pebble, or you can continue to walk and let the pebble irritate your foot and cause pain.  The choice is yours.  You can release your anger and hurt feelings, just as you can remove the pebble from your shoe.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life

What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what we need to do now.     -William Glasser
What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what we need to do now.      -William Glasser
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.     -George Santayana
You build on failure.  You use it as a stepping stone.  Close the door on the past.  You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
-Johnny Cash
The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not worshipped; it is our future in which we will find our greatness.     -Pierre Trudeau
Our past may explain why we're suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.     -Joyce Meyer
If you have a past with which you feel dissatisfied, then forget it, now.  Imagine a new story for your life and believe in it. Focus only on the moments when you achieved what you desired, and that strength will help you to get what you want.     -Paulo Coelho
The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die.      -Susanna Kearsley
My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.      -Steve Maraboli

Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday.  Realize the past no longer holds you captive.  It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it.  Let the past go.  A simply abundant world awaits.      -Sarah Ban Breathnach
I've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.     -Sophia Loren
Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do--the only thing--is run.     -Lauren Oliver
How many people long for that "past, simpler, and better world," I wonder, without ever recognizing the truth that perhaps it was they who were simpler and better, and not the world about them?     -R.A. Salvatore
Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.     -Cormac McCarthy
People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future.     -Chuck Palahniuk
You cannot be a prisoner of your past against your will.  Because you can only live in the past inside your mind.
-Augusten Burroughs
Living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causes you to bump into people not going your way.     -Edna Ferber
We should have no regrets.  We should never look back.  The past is finished.  There is nothing to be gained by going over it.     -Rebecca Beard

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It is when a person begins to live in the past, the good old days, that the boat begins to drift downstream, eventually coming to rest in stagnant waters.     -Frank Case
The person who broods over the past can never master the difficulties of today.  Every wise person learns to forget and does not allow him or herself to become a slave to his or her memory.     -Herbert Casson
Too many people live with mistakes they've made in their pasts.  They stay locked in the same unsatisfying jobs, marriages, friendships and habits they developed at a time when they might not have had an idea what was best for them.     -Lois Wolfe Morgan
We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past.     -Lucy Maud Montgomery

There is nothing you can do about the past except forget it.  There is a great deal, however, that you can do about the present and the future.     -Joel Goldsmith
We can never live in the past as if it were our true home. . . . And it is a good thing that God draws this veil over the past even without our asking.  In so doing, he allows us to live to-day for to-morrow with just the few memories we need of what was.     -Karl Barth


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